by Ko Z, Myanmar
First solo show by a Kachin artist in Singapore
Opening Night on 18 January, 2018 at 7pm
the exhibition runs until 11 March 2018
Ko Z belongs to the Kachin ethnic minority who lives in the northernmost State of Myanmar. Since the independence in 1948, the Kachin population has endured a long state of civil war as well as many internal displacements of persons (IDP).
Kachin means “Red Earth” in Kachin language. With Red Peace, Ko Z strives not only to keep memory of the tragic history of the Kachin people but also to express his hope for peace.
Red Peace encompasses paintings on canvas, photos, drawings by children living in IDP camps and an installation.
Red Peace paintings look like stained-glass windows. However, they are also inspired by the traditional patterns of the totem poles, which are erected during the Kachin Manau Festivals. A Manau festival is traditionally held to mark various important community events such as weddings, funerals, declarations of war and victory celebrations.
In this series, Ko Z successfully appropriates visual elements borrowed from European modernism, in particular from cubism. However, this series is deeply rooted in Kachin pictural tradition and celebrates Kachin identity.
I Wish I WERE Here, Writing, Erasing, Recomposing, Expanding.
by Hélène Le Chatelier, June Lee Yu Juan, Yen Chua, Yves Hasselmann, Madame, Tania Nasr, Pang,
The third edition of InkMagination continues exploring contemporary ink art in the practice of Singaporean and French artists.
Though rooted in a different cultural background their practices intersect through the common ink medium.
I Wish I WERE Here, Writing, Erasing, Recomposing, Expanding, focuses on memory and on the role of the artists in writing personal and national history.